All posts by Mary Forster


Barking dogs seldom bite, but 2018 seemed like the year of a biting dog and many are pleased to see it gone!

The night owls of our club were out to send 2018 to the doghouse and ushered in 2019, the Year of the Boar according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Everyone who attended brought a platter of goodies and enjoyed a game or two of carpet bowling.

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Successful New Year!

BSI Ann Webster Women’s Triples

The grand finale to BSI 2018 Women’s tournaments – the Ann Webster Women’s Triples played at Lake Hill LBC on September 11 and 12.

It was a prerequisite that one member of the team must have two years or less experience, and may be from another club. Our Josie Tan and Gale Law took Connie Harper from Juan De Fuca LBC to the “bowl game” and won the A Event, while Mary Forster and Cecelia Wilson took Sheila Price from Burnside LBC and won the B Event.

L-R: Winners of A Event – Josie Tan (Skip), Connie Harper (Lead from Juan De Fuca LBC) and Gale Law (Vice)


L-R: Winners of B Event – Cecelia Wilson (Vice), Sheila Price (Lead from Burnside LBC) and Mary Forster (Skip)



The Ladder To Success

Ten weeks flew by very quickly. The Monday Morning Mixed Pairs Ladder finished this afternoon. The twists and turns had all the elements of a classic Alfred Hitchcock’s film (The 39 Steps). It certainly took a lot more than 39 Steps to get to the top!

Participants have had many ups and downs every step of the way. For some, it felt like one big uphill climb and there were circumstances tripping and pulling us back down the ladder. Certainly, there were those who felt like a step too far and that the ladder wasn’t leaning against the right building!

Everyone’s participation in the past ten weeks is very much appreciated by Janet and David. All in all, they hope everyone had fun. Congratulations to the winners.

Thank you Janet and David from everyone who participated in the Ladder. We all had fun!

Skip Winners on the left side of ladder: At the topmost of the rung – Brian Morin; One step behind (2nd) – David Gardner; One step forward, two steps back (3rd) – Eric Elin; Three steps back (4th) – Jay Huang; Four steps too far but almost got there (5th) – Floyd Ruttan.
Winning Leads on the right side of ladder: (L-R) Gail Richards 1st; Alina Robertson 2nd; Svend Klausen 3rd; Robin Hittos 4th (sitting) and Wendy Finnigan 5th.

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi

We’re stoked+ to host Wendy Mason and Mark Barrett from Lowlands Bowling Club, Newcastle (Australia) on a lovely Friday arvo++. Our beautiful and vibrant city of Victoria is no woop woop+++ to these visitors even though they travelled many miles to be here.

Lawn bowling fraternity is enjoyed everywhere in the world. Wendy and Mark like to jump into their caravan and travel around Australia to play bowls. When Mary and Mel were bowling at the Mooloolaba Bowls Club (Sunshine Coast) in February, they were delighted to learn that they were coming to visit Canada and quickly invited them for a game at our club. Here they are.

Wendy Mason & Mark Barrett

One 14-end game of Triples was played. Winners were Team Mark (Skip), Mary (Third) &  Dennis (Lead), winning by one point over Team Floyd (Skip), Mel (Third) & Wendy (Lead). Everyone played very well.
(L-R) Wendy Mason, Mark Barrett, Floyd Ruttan, Mel Forster, Gale Ruttan (cheer leader) & Dennis Verge.

(L-R) Wendy, Mary, Mark, Floyd, Gale & Dennis.

What rake? Unheard of in Australia! Wendy enjoying the novelty of raking bowls.

Enjoy the rest of beautiful British Columbia, the Rockies, Quebec, Niagara Falls and the Maritimes, Wendy and Mark! We look forward to seeing you soon.

+ Australian slang for happy, pleased.

++ Australia slang for afternoon.

+++ A humorous Australian slang for any destination outside of one’s local area, deeming it far away (more likely to be a town in the outback but in this instance, our city is far from being in the outback!)



KitchenAid – a must have in the kitchen for some. Indeed, a must have for our club’s kitchen. It’s not the brand of kitchen appliances we’re referring to! It’s our team of dedicated kitchen volunteers who have been running the kitchen for years – making coffee and tea, preparing sandwiches etc., serving all those goodies and cleaning up – on Tea Days, tournaments and social events. You’ve not been forgotten … including those who baked and contributed food etc.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”, said William Arthur Ward, a writer of inspirational maxims. So, a BIG thank you to all our volunteers in every aspect.

Some of our dedicated kitchen volunteers.
Engage in volunteerism for the continued success of our club!